US Navy: Three nuclear-powered attack submarines ‘not certified to dive today’

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffrey M. Richardson/Released(WASHINGTON) — Three nuclear-powered attack submarines are currently not operational, according to U.S. Navy officials, proving the service is still working to reduce its backlog of submarines that require maintenance.The spotlight has been on the USS Boise, which has now been out of service for four years. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran told senators during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday that the Boise would enter a private shipyard in January, but two other submarines “are not certified to dive today.”The Navy has been working for years to get more submarines into dry dock for maintenance, which now includes the use of private sector shipyards in addition to public ones. As many as 15 subs awaited maintenance in Oct. 2017, keeping a significant chunk of the service’s 71-submarine fleet potentially out of service.“We want no more Boise’s,” Moran told senators, adding that the other two submarines will enter dry dock in February and late spring.“The numbers are coming down significantly. The standing in line has come down significantly,” he added. “We still have a ways to go. We’re not out of the woods yet, but I think as capacity opens up in the private yards, and we do a better job in the public yards, getting our carriers out on time, we’ll be there.”During the hearing, Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, told the military officials that Americans need to understand the seriousness of this problem, especially if the government were to come under mandatory budget cuts, called sequestration, which last occurred in 2013.Navy Secretary Richard Spencer urged patience, saying that the money Congress allocated to optimize the Navy’s shipyards is at least a two-year project and “to kill it now with any sort of sequestration would be a crime.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgErrata December 1, 2002 Errata E ratta Jared Spingarn, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society at Nova Southeastern University, was named Best Oral Advocate at this year’s E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition — Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference. A story in November 1 News stated otherwise.last_img

Friday people roundup

first_imgJLT Employee Benefits – Hugh Nolan has been appointed chief actuary. Nolan will represent the company in its engagement with the Pensions Regulator and trade bodies such as the Society of Pension Consultants and the Association of Consulting Actuaries. Pictet Asset Management, Ignis Asset Management, First State Investments, JLT Employee BenefitsPictet Asset Management – Roger Price-Haworth has been appointed head of institutional business development for Ireland and the UK. He joins from BNP Paribas Investment Partners, where he was head of UK institutional business. He has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services and has previously headed UK institutional business development teams at Pioneer Global Investments and Insight Investments. Separately, Anahita Firouzbakht has been appointed consultant relations manager in the Global Consultant Relations team, joining from Partners Group.Ignis Asset Management – Eric Stobart and David Watts have been appointed non-executive directors. Stobart will chair the Audit and Risk Committee, while Watts will chair the Investment Committee. Stobart currently holds non-executive roles at Throgmorton Trust, Utilico Investments and Capita Managing Agency and senior trustee positions on the pension schemes of Lloyds Banking Group, Anglian Water, Dixons Store Group and Lloyd’s of London. Watts is currently a non-executive director at JP Morgan Fleming Income & Growth Investment Trust and has previously held non-executive directorships at Martin Currie Investment Management, Investec High Income Trust, Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund, Key Asset Management and AXA UK.First State Investments – FSI has made three hires to its European Direct Infrastructure team in London. Volker Häussermann joins as a director from Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management Infrastructure Europe, where most recently he was a vice-president. Batiste Ogier has been appointed as a senior executive, joining from KPMG Corporate Finance, while Mats Hope joins as an executive from UBS Investment Bank.last_img read more

Fortuna Duesseldorf relegated after final day defeat, Werder Bremen into playoff

first_imgFortuna Duesseldorf’s poor away form came back to haunt them as they were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after a final day 0-3 defeat at in-form Union Berlin.Uwe Rosler’s side went into the match knowing victory would guarantee finishing third from bottom and securing the side a relegation playoff against the third team in the second tier. Even a draw would have been enough as long as Werder Bremen did not beat Cologne by four clear goals.But Fortuna Duesseldorf’s day turned into a nightmare.Union Berlin, who had already guaranteed their safety in an impressive first season in the Bundesliga, took the lead.This came when visiting goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier could not prevent Anthony Ujah’s shot crossing the line after 26 minutes.When Christian Gentner made it 2-0 shortly after half-time and news filtered through that Werder Bremen were 5-0 ahead, Fortuna Duesseldorf’s plight became desperate. They threw bodies forward and created several chances, but it was too little too late.When Union Berlin’s substitute Suleiman Abdullah scored a third in stoppage time, Fortuna Duesseldorf knew they would be returning to the second tier after only two seasons.Rosler told the club’s website: “I’m sorry for our fans and the club. We fought week after week and in the end we didn’t manage to get it across the line.“But I am proud of them (his players) because they gave everything. In the end it was not enough.”Sports director Uwe Klein described relegation as a “real blow”, even as he gave his backing to Rosler. “We want to put together a powerful team for the new season. It will definitely continue with Uwe Rosler,” he said.Werder Bremen ended up winning 6-1 to finish third from bottom with 31 points, while Fortuna Duesseldorf ended on 30 and are automatically relegated along with SC Paderborn.Fortuna Duesseldorf won only two of their 17 away games this season and had the worst away record of all 18 clubs.Four-times German champions Werder Bremen were ever-present in the league except for one season since the Bundesliga began in 1963.RelatedPosts Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Werder Bremen score six goals to avoid automatic relegation Bundesliga: Ujah, Abdullahi strike inspire Union Berlin They will now face arch-rivals Hamburg or Heidenheim in a home-and-away playoff in a bid to avoid their first relegation from the top flight since 1980.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Fortuna DusseldorfUnion BerlinUwe RoslerWerder Bremenlast_img read more

eZone named official cargo partner for Hero CPL

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organizers have named eZone as its official express delivery service provider.Based in Trinidad, eZone has been one of the Caribbean’s top courier services and has been mandated to ensure that all logistical issues, with regards to the shipping and clearing of teams and supporting teams’ equipment without hassle and in a timely manner for the tournament which will take place between 4 August and 9 September.Commenting on the deal, Mr. Paul Pantin, eZone Director, said:“eZone, with over 15 years of experience connecting the islands of the Caribbean through our logistics network, is proud to partner with the Hero CPL for their upcoming T20 competition in 2017. eZone prides itself for its fast and efficient service, and will leverage this to assist the Hero CPL in moving all their teams and supporting equipment between the islands for every match.”The tournament bowls off August 4 at the Central Broward Regional Sports Park.Howzat! CPL lays wicket for long South Florida runlast_img read more

Senegal finish year top of Africa rankings, Uganda 1 up

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Senegal ended this year as the highest ranked African national team, edging Cup of Nations title-holders the Ivory Coast for top spot in the December listings released Thursday.Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana and Morocco complete the top 10 compiled by world governing body FIFA.All the countries bar Nigeria will be among the 16 challengers for the Cup of Nations title when Gabon stages the 2017 tournament between January 14 and February 5.Another four qualified teams — Mali, Cameroon, giantkillers Guinea-Bissau and Uganda — are among the top 20 ranked teams. Uganda, 73rd last month, move a place up to 72nd place in the world.Gabon-bound Togo and Zimbabwe and the host nation fall outside the elite, but should not be underestimated when the biennial African Cup kicks off in Libreville. A Senegal side packed with Europe-based professionals, including Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Keita Balde of Lazio, completed their Cup of Nations qualifiers with a perfect six-win record.But after a routine win over Cape Verde at the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, they fell 2-1 to South Africa, who scored from a penalty that should not have been awarded.Monthly African rankings released by FIFA Thursday (world ranking in brackets):1 Senegal (33), 2 Ivory Coast (34), 3 Tunisia (35), 4 Egypt (36), 5 Algeria (38), 6 Democratic Republic of Congo (48), 7 Burkina Faso (50), 8 Nigeria (51), 9 Ghana (53), 10 Morocco (57)11 Mali (60), 12 South Africa (60), 13 Cameroon (65), 14 Benin (66), 15 Guinea-Bissau (68), 16 Guinea (69), 17 Congo Brazzaville (70), 18 Uganda (72), 19 Cape Verde (80), 20 Libya (85)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Summerland has enough Steam to upset Murdoch Division leaders 6-5 in Sunday KIJHL action at the NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t really matter who the Leafs play — a heavyweight contender like the Fernie Ghostriders or a struggling 6-9 team like Summerland — if Nelson plays anything like the team that was on the ice Sunday, there’s little chance of winning.Summerland Steam took advantage of a lackluster showing by the home side scoring three times in the third period — two goals coming on special teams in a span of two minutes to erase a 5-3 deficit — to stun the Leafs 6-5 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play at the NDCC Arena.The game was a far cry from last week’s 9-2 pasting Nelson dealt the Steam in the South Okanagan City.“I think we just fell apart (in the third),” Leaf center Matthew Naka told The Nelson Daily following the tough loss. “I think we got a little cocky after we got up in the third.”The win by Summerland was a big “character builder” by a Steam franchise that is desperately searching for an identity six weeks in the KIJHL season.“We have not been playing well,” Summerland head coach Gord Gamble said from outside the team bus.“Not to take anything away from Nelson because they’re a very good hockey club but we just haven’t had the bodies. We have seven or eight guys out and we just haven’t played well.”“So there’s no payback here,” Gamble added. “If we would have played like this in Summerland, that would have been a close game as well.”Despite being blown out by seven goals in the first meeting and having less than half the points of the Leafs in league standings, it was the Steam holding their own Sunday.Backed by the fine netminder of Sam Bass, facing 27 shots through two periods, Summerland was all even entering the third at 3-3.And when Nelson struck for two goals in three minutes into the period to go up 5-3, the Steam never gave up.Colin Minardi scooped up the puck after Leaf defenceman Jonathon Petrash made a meal of at the Steam blueline, busting past the Nelson defenders before beating Patrick Defoe in the Nelson nets.The goal came with Summerland playing shorthanded.The Steam tied the game two minutes later, once again after a lackluster clearing attempt by the Leafs killing a checking from behind penalty to James Sorrey.Brock McDonald corralled the puck before beating Defoe high to the glove side.The Leafs had several chances to regain the lead. But Bass was equal to the task, allowing Taylor Spankie to score the game winner eight minutes from time.“We had a couple of real tough losses that got into their (players) psychy a little bit,” Gamble said. “But we should be okay.”Josh Spence led the Steam attack with two goals while Jordan McCallum, one of five players on Summerland to finish the game with two points, also scored for the Steam.Nik Newman scored twice to lead the Nelson attack. Colton Schell, Patrick Martens and Sorrey also scored for the Leafs.The loss was first in five games for the Leafs and leaves Nelson with a record of 12-4-0-1 in 17 games — first in the Murdoch Division, three points ahead of Beaver Valley and six in front of Castlegar.Summerland improves to 6-9 good enough for fourth in the Okanagan Division but only one point behind second place Princeton Posse.Nelson out shot the Steam 38-28.The Leafs venture out on the road after spending most of the early part of the KIJHL season at home, beginning a six-game road trip Friday in Creston.The next home game for Nelson is Saturday, November 12 when Grand Forks Border Bruins visit the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: Colton Malmsten scored three times as Nelson blasted winless Columbia Valley Rockies 7-2 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. Carsen Willans, affiliate player Cole Arcuri, Patrick Martens and Nik Newman also scored for the Leafs. . . . Malmsten did not play Sunday along with three defencemen — Riley Henderson, Blake Arcuri, Walker Sidoni — and two forwards — Brett Norman and Matti Jmaeff. All five players were missing due to injury. The injuries forced the Leafs to call up two players from the Okanagan Hockey Association, Cole Arcuri and Jordan Davie. . . Leaf forward Dustin Reimer finally made his way back into the lineup after more than a month on the injury list. Reimer, from Vanderhoof, was injured during the first game of the season in Castlegar. . . . Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. . . . Leaf fans got a taste of the Green and White in the team’s new jerseys. A mix up in ordering forced the Leafs to play the first month with an older [email protected]last_img read more

Nelson Toyota routs Northport en route to WKMBL Championship

first_imgIn the Consolation Final, Chris Kalesnikoff scored 25 points to lead Empire Coffee to a 74-65 victory over Steamshovel of Rossland.Empire Coffee led 38-33 at half time.Florian Joseph added 18 points for Empire while Anthony Labar and Blaine Benner had 25 and 11 points, respectively for the Steamshovel.This is the first season for the WKMBL, which had teams in Northport, Rossland, Trail, Nelson and Castlegar.The league consists of two four-team divisions — North and South.Empire Coffee won the North regular season with an 8-1 record while Mota took the South Division with a 6-4 mark.League organizers want to give a shout out to new sponsors from Nelson, Kootenay Lake Electric, Nelson Toyota, Empire Coffee, as well as Selkirk College in Castlegar for providing gym time. Mike Vance once again topped the 20-point mark to lead Nelson Toyota to convining 75-38 victory over Northport, Wash., in the final of the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League Monday at Selkirk College in Castlegar.Vance paced the Nelson-based squad to the title with a game-high 35 points as seven of eight Toyota players scored in the game.Nelson Toyota, which never trailed in the game, used an uptempo attack to build a 40-18 lead at halftime.Nelson Toyota defeated Kootenay Lake Electric and city rival Empire Coffee to advance to the final.last_img read more

‘Hole in roof’ gang member pleads guilty to €60k Letterkenny jewellery theft

first_imgA MAN has pleaded guilty to the theft of almost €60,000 of jewellery after breaking into a Letterkenny shop through a hole that had been specifically cut in the roof.Costel Rosloveanu (29), a Romanian national, was part of a gang that targeted McCullagh’s Jewellers at Letterkenny Shopping Centre on October 2, 2017. Goods to the value of €57,432.45 were stolen in the midnight raid. €26,244.04 worth of damage was caused after the gang-of-three cut five holes in the roof of the building.CCTV footage showed the gang on the roof of the building for a period of two hours and 15 minutes.Rosloveanu (29) with an address at Ballaghmore, Borris-in-Ossory, County Laois was charged with a count of burglary contrary to section 12 of the criminal justice, fraud and theft act and a count of criminal damage contrary to section 2.1 of the criminal damage act 1991. Speaking through an interpreter, Rosloveanu pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Garda Stephen McGonagle told the court that CCTV footage showed three men climbing onto the roof just after midnight on October 2, 2017.At 00:57, two men left and came back carrying a ladder. One of the ladders – believed to have been taken from a service area near the Shopping Centre – was later found lowered into a roof space above another shop in the centre. Letterekenny Shopping Centre. (North West Newspix)Two of the men were seen causing damage to the roof and ceiling structure of the building while the other man acted as a lookout.Goods to the value of €56,909.45 were recovered and deemed re-sellable. €6,000 worth of damage was caused to display cases in the shop. Gardaí recovered an axe and a sledge hammer upon examining the scene. Glass was scattered over the flood and the alarm box was smashed.  Gardaí believe the axe was also used to damage the roof.Gardaí were contacted by the shop owner whose alarm system alerted his mobile phone. Officers searched wasteland near the Shopping Centre and located a number of items, including a jacket in which they found a wallet and a Romanian ID card bearing Rosloveanu’s name.A rucksack containing a number of tools, a mobile phone and a torch was found while a black bin liner full of jewellery was recovered, among other items.Members of the Gardaí proceeded onto the roof of the building and found five holes had been cut in the felt covering, relating to three business premises, included a 53x57cm hole above McCullagh’s Jewellers. Rosloveanu has several previous convictions in Italy, Romania and France for offences including attempted murder, theft and burglary.Rosloveanu was previously served with a deportation order arising out of a matter for which he is serving a three-year sentence at Cloverhill prison.  Judge Johnston ordered that Rosloveanu be deported and remain out of Ireland for ten years once the sentence has been completed in 2020. Letterkenny Courthouse. (North West Newspix)Patrick McGeath, SC, Barrister for Rosloveanu, asked that any sentence run concurrently.“He had a modest upbringing in a poor area of Romania close to the Moldovan border,” Mr McGrath told the court. “He has been married since 2014 and he has a five-year-old son. He only spoken to his son via video link and he is anxious to return home as soon as possible. He has every intention to take the earliest opportunity to leave and stay out of the country.”Judge John Aylmer remanded Rosloveanu in custody at Cloverhill Prison and adjourned the matter until November 6 for sentencing.‘Hole in roof’ gang member pleads guilty to €60k Letterkenny jewellery theft was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Costel RosloveanuJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit CourtLetterkenny Shopping Centre.Romanialast_img read more

Teach everyone to operate in a digital world

first_imgThe rise of robots, and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, were some of the topics that were discussed at the annual Leading Women Summit in Johannesburg.Embracing the use of technology in the workplace is discussed at the Leading Women Summit in Johannesburg on 8 March 2017. The speakers on the panel are, from left: Jo-Ann Pohl of Telesure Investment Holdings, Lindani Dhlamini of SekelaXabisa, Bernice Samuels of MTN, and Gugulethu Cele, the moderator. (Image Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanDigital fluency was something we needed to teach everyone, Accenture’s Roze Phillips said at the Leading Women Summit. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the second annual summit, themed “Disrupting the norm”, was held in Johannesburg on 8 March 2017.This complemented the International Women’s Day theme of “Be Bold for Change”. It is, according to the International Women’s Day site, a call on women to “help forge a better working world; a more inclusive, gender equal world”..The Leading Women Summit, hosted in collaboration with Forbes Woman Africa and MTN Business, was held at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.More women needed in STEM careersMaria Tulumello, head of human resources for sub-Saharan Africa at General Electric (GE), spoke about the impact of having women in the technology and manufacturing sectors.Women were still underrepresented in the science, mathematics and engineering industries, she said. One of GE’s goals was 20,000 women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles by 2020. To date it had 13,700 women in STEM, said Tulumello.A discussion was held was about the business of social media influencers. Watch the session with social media influencers Aisha Baker, Theodora Lee and Tshepang Mollison, here:Will robots replace humans?Phillips, who is the managing director of consulting at Accenture, was on the panel discussion “Forbes Woman Africa Cover Story: The rise of the machines”. The discussion centred on whether robots would replace humans in the workplace.According to Phillips, everyone should be taught how to operate in the digital world. She suggested that people should teach those around them to be digitally fluent. “Teach your girls how to code; teach women, for example, how to do internet banking.”Artificial intelligence understood natural language, Phillips said. “They (robots) can sense things. They can act, these artificial robotics. Knowledge is no longer a commodity.”Although the rise of robotics would lead to job losses, other jobs would be created. “The choice of how we engage with technology is ours. The problems we have now, we should solve now.”Phillips added: “We have the opportunity to take the human-centred approach first.”Ryan Beech, managing director of and chief roboticist at Ryonic Robotics, said there would definitely be job losses. “But we can build skills and train people, especially to work on the robotics.”Charmaine Houvet, public policy director Africa at Cisco South Africa, said it was important to remember that robotics did not exist on their own. “There will be intelligence and we will be in charge of things like that.”But she warned: “Just because we don’t see it (artificial intelligence) taking over, does not mean it’s not happening.”People should be mindful that there were many jobs available in engineering, for example. “The top jobs available are, for example, web developers and system engineers.”Fuzlin Levy-Hassen, senior manager of new industries at the Industrial Development Corporation, said she did not believe that people would be replaced by robotics. “There are cases where we need robots, for example where there’s a health hazard concern for people in a working environment.”Creating sustainable employment was important to the corporation, she added.Using technology to our advantageSeveral speakers on the panel, “A for artificial intelligence, B for business, C for C-suite and D for disruption” spoke about how companies should adjust to technology in their businesses.Lindani Dhlamini, CEO of audit firm SekelaXabiso, said the firm had to embrace the use of technology to accommodate its clients. It would be irrelevant if it did not change according to its clients’ needs.“Technology is here to stay – we have to embrace the use of technology.”Dhlamini advised that businesses needed to be structured for change. “Businesses can leverage off their clients and their suppliers, for example. They must be built for change.”The biggest constraint to technology was how to humanise it, said Bernice Samuels, group executive manager at MTN.We needed to be adaptable and innovative, she said. “You need to read the market appropriately and see how you can be helpful in other people’s lives.”Trends seen on food apps“South Africa’s disruptive mobile apps” was another panel discussion. In this session moderator Alexander Liebner spoke to Cara Lee Hedding, the marketing manager at Zomato, and Ailyssa Khan, the restaurant operations manager at UberEats.Khan revealed that people mostly ordered healthy foods during the week through the UberEats app, while on weekends it was mostly pizzas and pastas. There was high orders traffic on Sunday evenings.Hedding said that 65% of Zomato’s users were women.Watch the session with people from the apps Zomato and UberEats:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more